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Evolution of leadership definition

Evolution of Leadership Definition
Leadership is a social phenomenon that has been examined historically by both contemporary and classical western and eastern writers and thought leaders, perhaps due to the fact that it is a universal activity for animal and human kind spices. This paper is a historical analysis of how the definition of power has evolved and how leadership conceptually differs from power. The paper argues that leadership is conceptually different from power.
(a). Leadership
Most leadership definitions have tended to lean into any of the following three principles or is multifaceted to acknowledge the multiple principles.
• Internal qualities of a leader
• Leaders behaviors
• Leaders traits and context (b). Power
This section will demonstrate that Power is different from the person exercising it by describing sources of power.
Power and leadership are conceptually different.
There are many definitions of leadership and power that have been constructed just as there are leadership theories (Day & Antonakis, 2012). The first attempt to define leadership was done through internal qualities of a leader which scholars believed were what differentiated between leaders and followers. This attempt examined the physical, personality and mental characteristics of leaders with an assumption that leaders were born and not made (Avolio, Walumbwa & Weber, 2009). A second attempt was adopted that examined a leader’s behaviors so as to determine who successful leaders were. The definition of a leader during this period looked at a leader in the context of organizations they were operating in, differentiating the behaviors of leaders from those of followers. The third approach involved an analysis of leader’s traits, leader’s behavior and the…...

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